Peckham Town Centre Forum/meetings
- 1 2016
- 1.1 May to September 2016 community comments on Aylesham development
- 1.2 8th-11th September 2016 Peckham Festival
- 1.3 3rd September 2016 Peckham Rye Fete
- 1.4 19th July 2016 Peckham Town Centre Cleanup!
- 1.5 25th May 2016 Town Centre waste & recycling
- 1.6 May 2016 Community Fairs
- 1.7 4th April 2016 Community integration
- 1.8 27th January Town Centre Community meeting
- 2 2015
- 2.1 December 2015 Forthcoming public community meeting
- 2.2 17th November 2015 Town Centre Community Meeting
- 2.3 December 2015 Cleaner Peckham appoint social researcher team.
- 2.4 September 2015 Social Research opportunity for Cleaner Peckham
- 2.5 April - July 2015
- 2.6 11th April 2015 launch of Peckham Vision’s art deco installation
- 2.7 8th April 2015 Protect Peckham's Future community event
- 2.8 14th March 2015 Community Asset workshop
- 3 2014
- 3.1 9th December: Architects meet residents during tender period
- 3.2 16th October 2014 *Update on Central Peckham*
- 3.3 7th October 2014 6pm to 9pm Reimagining Peckham Rye station using the community model
- 3.4 7th September 2014 All Saints Church Sunday Garden Party
- 3.5 6th September 2014 Peckham Rye Fete
- 3.6 23rd July 2014 3-9pm launch of community-built model
- 3.7 12 July 2014 Peckham Vision stall in Rye Lane
- 3.8 14th July 2014 CoDesign informal discussion
- 3.9 28 June 2014 Brimmington Park Festival
- 3.10 21 May to 16 July 2014 Model making sessions
- 3.11 May/June 2014 Forthcoming events about town centre developments
- 3.12 18th January 2014 Town Centre meeting on Network Rail’s Station Gateway plans
- 4 2013
- 4.1 16th-18th December 2013 Peckham Vision community pop-up planning exhibition
- 4.2 25th November 2013 Peckham town centre old and new
- 4.3 13th November 2013 blend of community action with creative enterprises
- 4.4 23rd July to 1st August 2013 PNAAP Public Hearings + Sep 2013 News
- 4.5 26th July 2013 Peckham Vision at the V&A
- 4.6 8th July 2013 Town Centre workshop
- 4.7 May 2013 Public Toilets Petition launched
- 5 2012
- 6 2011
- 7 2010
- 8 2009
May to September 2016 community comments on Aylesham development
Each year, Peckham Vision takes its stall and mobile exhibition about the town centre developments to several community fairs and festivals. The fairs are well attended and over the years since 2008, we have discussed the town centre developments with hundreds of local people. In 2016 one of the displays was about the Aylesham Centre redevelopment and we asked people to put comments on post-it notes. All the comments were typed up and are shown here. Selections and summaries of the comments are shown to illustrate the themes that emerged under these headings: • Scale & height of buildings • Street scene • Housing • Uses on the site • Facilities on the site • Consultation process
8th-11th September 2016 Peckham Festival
To be completed:
- Peckham Vision exhibition in Copeland Gallery
- Peckham Vision walkabout in Central Rye Lane
- Peckham Vision workshop in Copeland Gallery
3rd September 2016 Peckham Rye Fete
to be completed
19th July 2016 Peckham Town Centre Cleanup!
We would like to hear from anyone locally who is keen to be involved in the further work of the Cleaner Peckham Project, either to join the Steering Group and/or in imaginative recycling and up-cycling initiatives. Please email CleanerPeckham@gmail.com
The event to launch the Cleaner Peckham report on 19th July was very well received by the visitors, who were a cross section of town centre users, including traders, businesses, residents and shoppers, many of whom had a good understanding of Peckham's complex nature and all with a stake in a cleaner place. We were also glad to have some Councillors drop in and Council officers from different departments, and street cleaners too. The Rye Lane Traders' Association was very encouraged by the Council attendance and welcomed their willingness to share knowledge and experience on these matters, and to collaborate with the traders in the town centre. They said “ It is exactly what is needed."
As well as the displays about the research and the report, the centre piece of the exhibition was a display of interesting goods made locally from recycled waste. These included a biscuit tin guitar and fruit box hand weaving looms. We are producing a report of the event and are discussing with the Council how we can all collaborate to take the work forward. If you are interested to know more please email: CleanerPeckham@gmail.com for more information.
25th May 2016 Town Centre waste & recycling
Local Cleaner Peckham Project (CPP) has published an insightful and ground breaking report on managing waste in Peckham town centre. It says there need to be changes in behaviour among all town centre stakeholders - the multiple different waste producers in businesses, traders, residents and visitors and the multiple waste systems and collectors, including Southwark Council.
The partners in the Cleaner Peckham Project say: “This has been an enlightening investigation. It has confirmed that working together across the town centre and with the Council is essential to begin to solve the waste management problems. We are pleased that the Council is discussing with us the way to move forward on this together. We for our part are developing our proposals for further work and research which our report recommends.
“These matters need to be owned by us all, together. So we will be arranging a drop-in event in Rye Lane in collaboration with the Council, to explain the results in more detail to businesses, traders, residents, visitors, council officers, councillors, and most importantly to seek responses to the results and our aims for going forward." Anyone with an interest in the town centre who would like to become involved in this work will be welcome. Please email CleanerPeckham@gmail.com
The event has now been arranged for Tuesday 19th July at 128 Rye Lane
from 3pm - 8pm with a meeting & discussion at 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
- Cleaner Peckham is a partnership between:
- The partnership was awarded a small grant from Southwark Council’s High Street Challenge scheme to carry out a short research project.
- A Steering Group representing the partners was formed to manage the Cleaner Peckham Project. They commissioned social researchers to investigate the varied causes of the waste problem and identify some solutions. The Cleaner Peckham Project report is available to download here.
- The research was conducted by social researchers Francisco Calafate-Faria and Luna Glucksberg. Their report, which is Appendix A to the Project report, is titled: ‘Waste: Thinking differently, acting differently, getting different results’. It highlights the complex nature of the problem arising from the sheer scale of the waste (8.2 tons a day) in a very lively retail centre, together with multiple waste producers and multiple waste collectors.
May 2016 Community Fairs
May sees the first of the summer community fairs. Peckham Vision stall was at both the Goose Green Dulwich Festival on 8th May and the Nunhead Cemetery Open Day 21st May. The stall publicised our planning work and encouraged people to join in, sold our campaign merchandise and displayed our information about the current topical issues:
- the long term future of the Multi Storey Building now occupied by PeckhamPlex, Bold Tendencies, Frank's Cafe and Peckham Levels.
- raising awareness of the proposed re-development of the largest site in town - Aylesham Centre & Morrison’s' store and car park.
- the large scale of major developments proposed for the town centre.
- the redevelopment in front of Peckham Rye station.
Pictures below from Goose Green fair.
4th April 2016 Community integration
On 4th April we had a stimulating conversation in the Peckham Vision studio about issues relating to Peckham’s future. This was the follow up to the lively public community meeting in January We discussed a wide variety of topics under the headings:
- How to get a balanced community
- Town centre development sites, regeneration and housing
- Under-representation of social minorities in regeneration and planning actions
- Town centre economy.
We all agreed to continue the conversation when we have reflected on the discussion. More info will be posted later
27th January Town Centre Community meeting
Over 200 people came together on 27th January 2016 to share views on Peckham’s future. It was a fabulous opening to new levels of dialogue. Eileen Conn, Peckham Vision, and Jonathan Wilson proprietor of the Copeland Park site and Bussey Building, welcomed everyone to the meeting on Peckham Vision's 10th birthday.It was a fitting happening to celebrate the birthday in the Bussey Building where the first public meeting about the threat then to the site from the tram depot. See the blog about that from 21st January 2006.
Eileen thanked Mickey Smith for lending the CLF Art Café for the meeting this evening. Tom Buttrick and Neil Kirby made some short introductory remarks about the Council's planning policies and the regeneration plans. The floor was then open to local people to come to the microphone and give their comments about Peckham's future. About 50 People were able to speak. The flow of tweets give a good account of the experience. Everyone was able to leave their views on the yellow comments forms about what their vision is for Peckham and their views about what is happening now. During the afternoon there was a drop-in to see information displays about the major developments now being processed about the town centre. The scale of development is very significant and concerns many people. Notes from people's comments spoken at the mic at the evening meeting, and written on the yellow forms, are being typed up for use in follow up. We will be in contact with those who left their details expressing interest in continuing conversations about the issues raised at the meeting.
December 2015 Forthcoming public community meeting
A public community forum is being arranged by Peckham Vision for 27th January as part of its local community planning project to enable local people to work together on planning issues in Peckham. This is timed to coincide with the Council's public consultation on the New Southwark Plan. As part of this the Council want to hear people's views about the vision for their own neighbourhood in Southwark.
17th November 2015 Town Centre Community Meeting
Developers Frame Property submitted a planning application to convert the 133 Rye Lane building into high cost flats. This provoked great local concern about the threat to the business in Copeland Park and the Bussey Building. A town centre meeting was held on 17th November by Peckham Vision with CLF Art Café and Copeland Park. As a result the property developers withdrew their plans and are redesigning them as a building for commercial use rather than residential. For The story as it unfolded see here.
After a good response to the advertisements of the Waste and Recycling Social Research opportunity (please see below), Cleaner Peckham are pleased to announce the appointment of independent social scientists Luna Glucksberg and Francisco Calafate-Faria, who will be carrying out the Cleaner Peckham Research project. They have specialist expertise in cities and will be working in and around Peckham town centre in December 2015 and January 2016, talking to traders and residents alike. For further information about the appointments, please see attached document.
September 2015 Social Research opportunity for Cleaner Peckham
A Peckham Vision initiative to tackle the growing problem of waste management in Peckham town centre has been supported by Southwark Council in the High Street Challenge scheme. A small grant has been awarded to fund a 5 month social research project led by a partnership between Peckham Vision, Copeland Park and Rye Lane Traders’ Association (RLTA). For a copy of the detailed brief, email - firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 16th October 2015. If you know anyone who may be interested please forward this information.
April - July 2015
There have been a number of meetings and events between April and July 2015 details still to be uploaded. More to come.
- 10th Visit multi storey car park.
- 11-12th Crafty Fox Mkt in Bussey.
- 18th Peckham Pieces meeting in PV studio.
- 25th Peckham Inter Faith walk in town centre.
- 10th Goose Green Fair.
- 14th PPN meeting PV studio.
- 16th Nunhead cemetery Open Day PV stall.
- 29th Art students seminar, Peckham Liberal Club.
- 30th Chelsea Fringe in Copeland Park PV stall.
- 7th Choumert Sq open gardens day PV stall.
- 9th Talk at Weeklies in Safehouse.
- 14th Radical Assembly Bussey Building exhibition.
- 25 – 27th exhibition with Brighton students PV studio.
- 25th Round Table public discussion CSM Kings X.
- 10-11th London Plan conference East London.
- 13th PPN meeting PV studio.
- 16th THI meeting in PV studio.
- 30th Copeland Rd car park consultation @ Cossal estate TA.
11th April 2015 launch of Peckham Vision’s art deco installation
At the event on 8th April, we launched Peckham Vision’s art deco installation. Here above the community made model of central Rye Lane, we had the images of the seven art deco buildings which are clustered around the station. The images floated in an ethereal fashion above the information displays of the exhibition about plans to develop, redevelop, and regenerate their place in the town centre. A pause for thought and reflection about the nature of the Art Deco Quarter in the town centre while the Council’s consultation proceeds inexorably towards a decision, possibly to demolish enough of the cluster to destroy this unique feature of Peckham. The installation was co-created by Corinne Turner, Clyde Watson, Sam Watson, Geoff Frosh, Eileen Conn, Benny O’Looney.
8th April 2015 Protect Peckham's Future community event
Pre-information: This event will cover art deco buildings, cultural economy, arts, music, architecture, commerce and more. This will be a community discussion about the changes in Peckham, what we all think about them, if they are good for our neighbourhood, and whose neighbourhood is it anyway? The discussion could touch on the impact of:
- rising housing prices, regeneration, gentrification, loss of social housing.
- heavy handed redevelopment wiping out local micro economies.
- tall buildings in Peckham & and loss of Peckham's character.
- possible demolition of almost half remaining art deco buildings in Rye Lane cluster.
Drop in at the exhibition in both PV and CLF studios any time from 3pm:
- latest news on key regeneration projects, & info on Peckham's history.
- Peckham Vision Art Deco installation.
- Exhibition of CLF history, role, music & creativity.
14th March 2015 Community Asset workshop
With support from Civic Voice, we held a workshop in our Bussey studio for 24 supporters of our work. Thanks to Sarah, Kathryn and Jenny who travelled from way outside London to support us in learning about the Localism Act and the new power it gives for local communities to protect buildings and open spaces they value. This new right means communities can ask their local council to list certain assets as being of value to the community. If an asset is listed and then comes up for sale, the new right will give communities that want it 6 months to put together a bid to buy it. This gives communities an increased chance to save much loved shops, pubs or other local facilities. It gave local people the right to stop the sale of the Ivy House pub and the time to get the funds together to buy it, and the nomination and listing of the Peckham Liberal Club gave the members time to think again about the sale. In both cases the listing of the building resulted in the buildings with all their wonderful facilities being in community ownership. More info here on this new community power: http://www.civicvoice.org.uk/campaigns/assets-of-community-value. Civic Voice are encouraging all civic community groups to take advantage of this. In our workshop we identified dozens of potential local buildings and spaces to investigate. We drew up a community action plan for this, and will be spreading this information to other parts of Peckham so they can start developing their own plans.
9th December: Architects meet residents during tender period
Nine architects have been invited to tender for the contract to develop the design and planning application for the Peckham Rye Station development project. These are: Ash Sakula Architects, Weston Williamson & Partners, Landolt & Brown, Sarah Wigglesworth, Adam Khan Architects, Cottrell & Vermeulen (local consortium), Duggan Morris Architects, Peter Barber Architects, Henley Halebrown Rorrison. Submissions have to be made by 23rd December, and the architects will be selected in the early part of January. At Peckham Vision’s suggestion, the Council invited the nine firms to meet on 9th December some 40 of the CoDesigners while they are developing their submissions. This event was held in Peckham Vision’s studio in the Bussey Building, and was a successful first in bringing residents and architects together at this early stage.
16th October 2014 *Update on Central Peckham*
This is the Peckham Society's annual symposium, jointly presented with Peckham Vision the second event in Peckham Vision's newe exhibition studio space in the Bussey Building. The exhibition from 4pm will show models of the town centre including the community model of the area around the station and Nicholas Cobb’s model of the multi storey car park in the future, plus illustrative material on the town centre history, commerce and economy, and planned developments. All this provides an encouraging environment for the exchange of ideas and input in discussion with other visitors. The Forum 7pm to 9pm will include slideshows and discussion about the town centre. Contributors include Eileen Conn and Benedict O'Looney, who are active members of both Peckham Vision and the Peckham Society. The CoDesign team will report on the CoDesign process, and its emerging themes and future work.
7th October 2014 6pm to 9pm Reimagining Peckham Rye station using the community model
The community model of the Peckham Rye station area is on show again, in Peckham Vision's new temporary exhibition studio space in the Bussey Building. The model was used to explain and test ideas or questions about the station redevelopment ideas, about creating a square, where to locate public toilets, how to keep the area cleaner and better maintained, how to improve it for pedestrians and for bus and train travellers, how to encourage a variety of shops and services to meet the diversity of local needs, and much more. Approaching a hundred people dropped in for lengthy discussions with other residents and volunteers who have taken part on many previous discussions. Some stayed for the whole session.
7th September 2014 All Saints Church Sunday Garden Party
The Church invited Peckham Vision to set up the town centre stall to contribute to their first garden party for the congregation and the local community.
6th September 2014 Peckham Rye Fete
The Fete was busier than ever this year. Peckham Vision's stall for the information displays about the town centre and the developing collection of town centre related merchandise was supplemented this year by a gazebo for discussions about the CoDesign process and the station development project.
23rd July 2014 3-9pm launch of community-built model
Over 30 local residents have been working together since May 2014 to build a model of the Station Gateway site and adjacent streets and junctions in central Rye Lane as they are now. The community event on 23rd July will display the model in the CLF Art Café, in the Bussey Building at 133 Rye Lane. The programme will be:
- from 3pm: demonstrations and hands-on experience of aspects of model making, Peckham Vision’s town centre exhibition, including information about the Station Gateway project and other developments;
- 6pm: short documentary film about the Station Gateway development;
- 7-9pm: slide show, mini film, talks, discussion.
There will be CLF Art Café refreshments throughout the event. The event is organised by Peckham Vision with many thanks for their generous and welcome support to the Peckham Society, Whitten Timber, Complete Fabrication, CLF Art Café and Southwark Council. download poster for Peckham Vision’s Community Event: Wed 23rd July launch of community-built model of central Rye Lane.
12 July 2014 Peckham Vision stall in Rye Lane
Peckham Vision took the mobile exhibition and merchandise stall into the heart of the town centre for the day during the Pexmas weekend. Located on the forecourt outside Khan's Bargain stores, Peckham Vision volunteers discussed town centre matters all day with a never ending stream of passing shoppers and visitors.
14th July 2014 CoDesign informal discussion
Ash Sakula announcement on 1st July 2014:
- the first codesign event: 14th July 6.30pm-9pm at Peckham Liberal Club, 24 Elm Grove: informal drinks & discussion about using codesign processes to craft the right brief for Peckham Rye Station Square.
- "During the coming weeks our team will occupy the unused staircase of Peckham Rye Station and facilitate the co-design process. We would like to introduce ourselves to you and get to know the Peckham community. Please come and meet us! RSVP email@example.com"
28 June 2014 Brimmington Park Festival
Peckham Vision took the mobile exhibition to East Peckham for their annual festival. Much interesting discussion about town centre developments.
21 May to 16 July 2014 Model making sessions
About 30 local residents took part in weekly sessions making a 100:1 scale model of the area around Peckham Rye station. The model was displayed at the Forum event on 23 July, and again on 7th and 16th October 2014. Model making sessions resumed on 16 September 2014.
May/June 2014 Forthcoming events about town centre developments
Peckham Vision’s mobile exhibition will be at the events below. Catch up and discuss the Station Gateway & town centre with other local people:
- Sunday 11th May 11am-4pm Goose Green Fair. Peckham Vision stall there for the 8th year.
- Wednesday 14th May 6pm-9pm at Peckham Liberal Club. "New State": 6 arts students' exhibition & debate on local socio-political issues, role of art and artists in social change, and role of Station Gateway.
- Wednesday 28th May 6pm-9pm at CLF Art Cafe/Bussey building.‘CO-IMAGINE’ - exhibition of imaginative visions of the future re-development of Peckham Rye Station Gateway & an open forum panel discussion. If you want to contribute your vision, contact Katy Hawkins
- Thursday 29th May 1.15pm-4.15pm + buffet lunch, at Bells' Garden Community Centre, 19 Buller Close, SE15 6UG. PVSF Forum - mobilising community action in re-development schemes in Peckham.
- Saturday 7th June 11am-late, in Rye Lane. Festivities introducing the trials in 4 Pocket Places in Rye Lane: Peckham Vision exhibition stall in Holly Grove Pocket Place.
18th January 2014 Town Centre meeting on Network Rail’s Station Gateway plans
Over 200 people turned up at 3pm to Network Rail’s presentation at the architects’ exhibition on their plans for the Station Gateway. The plans provoked widespread concern at the loss of thriving businesses, scale of demolition and type of new buildings:
- Some feedback responses to Network Rail's design proposals are available here.
- report on January Network Rail consultation.
A new strand in the local economy in Peckham town centre has been stirring into life slowly over the last 8 years, but increasing in pace more recently. While the effect has begun to get onto the London radar and noticed by the authorities and the big corporates like Network Rail, the nature of it seems to have escaped them. This is why good intentions might kill off the exciting potential that Peckham has to regenerate itself into a thriving self sustainable new form of economy for the 21st century. The public response to the plans was that more time was needed to consider the original idea of just creating the square in front of the station and improving the environment around the station and supporting the new creative economy. In February the Council announced that the time for consultation would be extended.
16th-18th December 2013 Peckham Vision community pop-up planning exhibition
The report on this successful exhibition is being prepared. See interim report here.
25th November 2013 Peckham town centre old and new
This Peckham Community Council meeting focused on the Council's work to regenerate Peckham town centre. It included a report on the Peckham Townscape Heritage (THI) proposals for a £1.6m grant, Rye Lane Conservation Area Peckham Management Plan, and the Peckham Rye Station Gateway project. The architects Weston Williamson, commissioned by Network Rail, explained that they would be developing the planning application for the redevelopment of the station surrounds to submit in February 2014, and that they they would hold a consultation event on 30 November 2013 with a deadline for comments by 6 December. There would be a further consultation on the planning application proposals in January 2014.
13th November 2013 blend of community action with creative enterprises
Peckham Vision was invited to the launch of Team London Bridge's Creative Network held at the Fashion Textile Museum in Bermondsey St. We were glad to contribute by sharing Peckham's story. Eileen Conn gave a 'Visual Tour' with photos of the wide variety of artistic and cultural activities now produced by local creative enterprises on the development sites and in the adaptable buildings in the central Rye Lane area - Copeland Park site, Bussey building, Blenheim Grove & adjoining arches, the multi-storey car park, and in Holly Grove & Elm Grove. She told the story of the last 10 years of community action led by Peckham Vision with a wide network of traders and creative enterprises in Peckham town centre, along with an extensive network of interested residents. The action had highlighted and publicised the potential of sites and buildings threatened with demolition, and their subsequent use by the creative industries which further supported the community campaigns. This blend of Peckham community action and creative enterprises has led to organic regeneration. A key lesson from this Peckham experience is the need to nurture adaptable, lower cost permanent spaces for organic development.
23rd July to 1st August 2013 PNAAP Public Hearings + Sep 2013 News
Local people survived the marathon of the Public Hearings of the PNAAP (Peckham & Nunhead Area Action Plan. 15 local residents, along with two professionals representing a property owner and the GLA, appeared for different topics, and several residents came to support. Only those who had sent in written objections last December could speak. Government Inspector Alan Woolnough led round-table discussions on Matters, Issues and Questions he had devised from the submitted objections. This led to interesting discussions on matters affecting the future of Peckham’s economic, social and environmental well being.
Major issues were:
- damaging impact of proposed tall buildings;
- future of the multi storey car park, cinema & Bold Tendencies;
- role & protection of the creative industries in the local economy;
- protection of accommodation for creative enterprises in central Rye Lane area;
- the plight of young people in Peckham;
- how to create real affordable housing;
- the need for a proactive food growing strategy;
- the lack of a coherent strategy for cycling.
The Inspector can identify for change only matters which are fundamental to the effectiveness of the Plan.
Latest News: Sep 2013 The Inspector’s first comments from the PNAAP Public Hearings are now available. The Inspector has upheld a number of objections and asked the Council to arrange further public consultation on his suggested text amendments. The Council has produced a table of modifications resulting from the Inspector's suggestions and they and the Inspector's Note are now out for public consultation until 6 January 2014. These matters will be included within the exhibition of current town centre issues as part of Peckham Vision's Community Pop Up event on 16-18 December at Peckham Springs. See information here. The Inspector will issue his report following these public consultations.
In the middle of the Public Hearings we had the successful Peckham Takeover of the V&A, and at the end we have had a 4 page spread in the Evening Standard Magazine. These confirmed the case we had put at the enquiry that the evidence base for the PNAAP was in some respects now out of date, and that more emphasis should be given to the role of the creative economy, compared with conventional retail, in the development plans for Peckham town centre.
26th July 2013 Peckham Vision at the V&A
The Victoria & Albert Museum, the prestigious national museum, invited many local Peckham creative enterprises to contribute to a Peckham Takeover on 26th July 2013. This was part of their Friday Late "the original contemporary late night event: live performances, cutting-edge fashion, debates, one-off displays and installations, special guests, bar and food, guest DJs, late-night exhibition opening." In the midst, Peckham Vision held a standing room only community session. Local resident and co-ordinator of Peckham Vision, Eileen Conn, started with a visual tour part 1, and part 2, of Peckham’s diverse parallel communities and economies; presentation notes. There was a lively discussion about the issues of connections, and how to realise the potential of our town centres. A copy of the selected exhibition displays and campaign material which were put up on the walls of the meeting room can be found here.
8th July 2013 Town Centre workshop
This Peckham Town Centre workshop was organised and facilitated by Peckham Vision in association with LSE Cities ordinary streets research. The theme was to explore the parallel economies in Peckham town centre, the potential connections between them, and some possible actions. The participants were local contributors from the parallel economies: small local businesses, mainstream business, creative enterprises,historic restoration work, religious/faith groups, local community, together with some invited external particpants contributing ideas about reimagining the high street. The report is available here. Follow up action is being developed.
Background papers for the workshop gave some insight into ways that could bring diverse interests together in re-imagining the town centre focus and functions. These papers are available here:
- extracts from Urban Pollinators' report: summarised by Eileen Conn.
- A New Vision for Our High Streets: Urban Pollinators’ report on town centres & high streets.
- Future of London's town centres: paper by Dr Suzanne Hall.
May 2013 Public Toilets Petition launched
The only public toilets in Peckham town centre are on Atwell Road. They are not pleasant to use. Peckham Vision has joined with the Rye Lane Traders’ Association to launch a petition to Southwark Council and Network Rail to provide public toilets as part of the work to improve the areas around historic Peckham Rye station. The Council now has £11m to recreate the public square in front of the station and make major improvements in some of the other buildings on Network Rail’s land around the station. This is the moment to ensure that the changes include good quality public toilets with an adequate management system. Click to download and print petition: PV + RLTA public toilets petition - Final.pdf The petition with 4,273 signatures was presented to the Council by a deputation at the Peckham & Nunhead Community Council meeting on 30 September 2013. The Councillors supported the local request that the provision of public toilets facilities should be considered in the redesign of the central Rye Lane area including the station Gateway project.
12th November 2012 followed by monthly meetings to July 2013
Nearly 30 people - residents, community groups, artistic & creative enterprises, and businesses - attended the Peckham Vision workshop on the PNAAP (Peckham & Nunhead Area Action Plan). Jon Medlin, a professional Planning volunteer from Planning Aid for London, took us through the special ways that comments and objections have to be made for the latest and final stage of the consultation process. Several objections were made by the deadline of 4th December 2012, all linking to the development of aspects of Peckham town centre, including:
- creative industries & their role in the local economy
- tall buildings
- energy and environmental sustainability
- development of town centre sites
Several of the workshop participants submitted formal objections to the PNAAP, and have met monthly since January 2013 to prepare for the Examination in Public Hearing (EIP) which will start on 23 July 2013. The themes are the further development of those which have been emerging in the Forum since 2009.
17th October 2012
Peckham Society meeting about the historic buildings in the town cnetre and Peckham Vision exhibtion.
1st September 2012
Peckham Rye Fete town centre exhibtion displays.
2nd to 4th August 2012
We had a non-stop stream of visitors to the 3 day exhibition, about Peckham town centre in the Old Waiting Room, as part of the Peckham Cultural Olympiad. Over 600 visitors all keen to know more about the Old Waiting Room, the station restoration, the new public square and the town centre generally. It is clear that there is great local enthusiasm for the planned changes. Here are a few photos to give an insight into the magical experience for three days. For more photos: OWR exhibition photos. For all the display panels and a full report on the exhibition see OWR exhibition.
14th March 2012
An exhibition and meeting about all aspects of Peckham town centre renewal was held in the CLF Art Cafe in the Bussey building. They were to celebrate and report on recent achievements including:
- restoration of the Old Waiting Room in the station.
- the restoration of the station square now finally on its way.
- designation of the Rye Lane Conservation Area.
- successful audit by local residents of every town centre building in support of the Council's application for a major heritage restoration grant.
See here for more details and here for an on-line discussion. The events were very successful with a steady stream of visitors to the exhibition from 4pm and over 200 to the meeting 7pm - 9pm. There was enthusiastic support for the latest news and a keenness to be involved in how it all develops. There will be a report later covering the latest on the conservation and historic restoration work, and also the Council's bid for Government's (Mary) Portas Town Team pilot and work to improve public realm maintenance.
The meeting started with an illustrated presentation from Benedict O'Looney, from the Peckham Society & Peckham Vision, of the history of Peckham town centre, and the community's initiatives and work to restore the historic buildings. This was all enthusiastically received. The meeting then heard from representatives of the railway industry and of Southwark Council - Cllr Fiona Colley Cabinet Member for Regeneration, and Simon Bevan Head of Planning & Transport. The picture, by Southwark TV, shows Tom Higginison, Head of Network Rail's national Town Planning Department, addressing the meeting. He said that his commitment to Network Rail's role in revitalising Peckham town centre was shown by him choosing to come to the Peckham Town Centre Forum meeting instead of a prestigous opening of new developments at Kings Cross. This was met with enthsiastic applause from the assembled Peckham.
He then read out at our request a message to Peckham Vision and to the meeting from Andy Savage, Director of Railway Heritage Trust,the independent charity supported by Network Rail:
My apologies for not being able to attend. I'm delighted with the work you've done on the station to date, and that we've been able to help with the re-fenestration project. We look forward to restoring and extending Driver's staircase with you in the next year or so, and to eventually contributing to a full restoration of the Old Waiting Room, formerly the Billiard Hall, as a community facility.
Paul Trevett, Southern Railway's senior manager for their 150 stations, also gave a brief report and their support for the community effort to revive the station and the town centre.
Following the meeting
Local Southwark TV said:
- here is a short video report on Peckham Vision and Peckham Society's campaigning work for the betterment of Peckham town centre. The meeting was held at the Bussey Building - soon to host the Royal Court Theatre again, on 14th March. It was a packed meeting and a tribute to the people driving this campaign and to the people of Peckham who are similarly galvanised.
A local resident's report on the meeting:
- This was a very lively meeting, with over 200 people from various walks of Peckham life and multi-ethnic communities, who all had a common purpose -to improve the town centre and make it pleasant to visit, work and live in. There was a wish to have a say in the town centre plans, and great enthusiasm for the proposed improvement of the station and the opening up of the Old Waiting Room for community use. The mood was good-humoured, though with an undercurrent of skepticism, which one has to expect from a community which has not had a happy experience of these matters for many years. The initiatives taken over recent years by residents themselves has given us more hope that progress can be made with new ways of collaborating between all concerned.
May to September 2011
There were a series of public meetings aranged by the Council during this period for consultation on the PNAAP and the proposed town centre Conservation Area. In the meantime Peckham Vision's work to develop contacts with small businesses in the town centre continues. This confirms the point that has been emerging in the Town Centre Forum for years that the poor and deteriorating state of the streets in the town centre is a serious pressing issue. Much of the progress made with the Council's Peckham Programme through the Rye Lane & Station Action Group has been set back,and needs to be done again. The Peckham Programme was disbanded in 2008 leaving no part of the Council with an overview of Peckham town centre or responsibility for joined up working between a variety of daily operational maintenance functions, and enforcement and planning policy functions.
7th April 2011
- meeting notes
PTCForum held a liaison meeting, in the meeting room at McDonalds on Rye Lane, on 7th April to follow up the very successful seminar on the local economy on 17th March. This liaison meeting brought together several council officers, police and businesses to exchange news and ideas about the problems and potential for the town centre. Each of the council officers was responsible for a different aspect of managing an important aspect of the town centre, and the police were responsible for the Police Safer Town Centre Team. A major problem now is that since the abolition of the Council's Peckham Programme team in 2009, there is no one place in the Council that brings all these different working responsibilities together to encourage joined up working, and also for effective liaison with the businesses and enterprises in the town centre. The successful liaison with the planning policy department on future planning policy under the banner 'Peckham Future' over the last two years, needs to be complemented by proactive working together between the enterprises, the police and the Council under the banner 'Peckham Now!'. The PTCForum would approach the Council to seek their agreement to this.
19th February, 17th & 31st March 2011
These very sucessful events were jointly organised by the Council Planning Policy team and the PTC Forum, arising from our discussions in the Peckham Town Centre Forum, in relation to the town centre and the PNAAP. For further information on these events see also Peckham Residents' Network blog
Thursday 17th March 5.00pm for 5.30pm-8.00pm : Local Economy Seminar in the Bussey building.
- notes from discussions
- video clip Adam Khan presentation: thinking imaginatively for development of shopping in Peckham.
Over 50 people attended creating very lively group discussions - a mix of local residents, local businesses, architecture students, and council officers from several different departments. This was followed up by the liaison meeting for further actions held later on 7th April.
Thursday 31st March 6.30pm : Historic Architecture of Peckham' in the restored Old Waiting Room.
Standing room only in the Old Waiting Room when over 120 people crowded in to listen to fascinating talks from the experts, including English Heritage, on the history of buildings in Peckham town centre, and how much is at risk of demoliton. This is why it is essential to press ahead as soon as possible with a Conservation Area. The other powerful reason was demonstrated fully at the meeting by the inspirational venue at the Old Waiting Room, created by local residents through the Peckham Society and Peckham Vision in restoring it with Council CGS small grant support. The commercial and social life of the town centre could be transformed with a determined effort to integrate in their full beauty the historic budlings into modern uses and developments.
Saturday 19th February 12pm - 3pm : Sustainable Peckham - a neighbourhood event at the Peckham Settlement
This 3 hour event had a steady stream of local residents visiting to learn and discuss the way Peckham can become sustainable in the 21st century. Local groups - Growing Southwark, Peckham Power, Peckham Vision, Transition Town Peckham, Peckham Society, Living Streets, Peckham Settlement - joined with Council officers from Planning, Traffic, and Regeneration to offer information, advice and discussion.
The Council also held a neighbourhood event on the PNAAP in Nunhead on 19th March.
27th & 30th November 2010
Following the successful walkabout and Town Centre Forum meeting on 23rd October, the Council organised in the Bussey building two preview events - Sat 27 November & Tues 30 November - of the Preferred Options of the PNAAP to give the public a chance to give some early feedback. These were excellent chances to make a contribution and become better informed about the revitalisation of Peckham town centre.
The Council had said: "These will be informal sessions. People may come for part of the time if they wish. There will be displays and information on the key emerging preferred options for the Peckham and Nunhead area action plan (PNAAP). As well as an early opportunity to find out what direction the preferred options are heading in, this is a chance to give initial thoughts and reactions as an input into finalising the preferred options that will be consulted on next year."
There were very successful and useful discussions at both events, in spite of the arctic weather on Tuesday. See notes from discussions. Latest news is that the PNAAP Preferred Options report will not now be ready for consultation until May. There will therefore be some community and Council events before then to continue these discussions. Photos below from Saturday 27th November:
23rd October 2010
- walkabout route
- town centre development site maps
- meeting minutes
- urban design observations (Liz Wrigley, Core Connections)
We had a highly successful 2 hour walkabout of the town centre looking at urban design of the street scene, and also the large development sites and their potential. Discussion focused on:
- changes to the street scene design to improve the pedestrian experience – including widening pavements & removing street clutter;
- enhancing some historic buildings in prominent locations by cleaning and painting above ground floor level for some quick wins; funding to be secured through heritage sources once Conservation Area status granted;
- impact and potential for the major developments both sides of the High Street, and in central Rye Lane opposite the station.
This was followed by another enthusiastic energetic Forum in the afternoon. Open Space discussions focussed on:
- Feedback from the walk – street scene, major developments and the PNAAP
- Restoration of historic buildings and next steps following on from the walk feedback
- Central Rye Lane – especially the multi storey car park and Copeland Industrial site
- Food growing and mapping of sustainable initiatives
- Peckham Festival in autumn 2011.
Detailed points are in the minutes. Pictures below show the Open Space discussions.
13th July 2010
Emerging themes by July included:
- creativity, entrepreneurship & commercial regeneration
- local energy and food production
- town centre physical fabric revitalisation
- how it all relates to health & well being (linking to New Peckham Experiment, and following up the stimulating seminar held on 22 April)
This provided a good base for the July meeting, which was another successful and stimulating gathering with lots of energy and ideas for connections. The Open Space process enabled in-depth discussions on several topics leading to several new actions. These included:
- arranging a Town Centre walkabout with local residents to look at urban design issues
- setting up a virtual Steering Group for the New Peckham Experiment project
- organise a two day October Peckham Town Centre Festival
- Meeting with Council Cabinet members on several aspects flagged up
- publicising to local businesses an Open Space business group at each Forum.
22nd April 2010
A joint seminar was held with the Pioneer Health Foundation (PHF) on the modern application of the Peckham Principles from the historic Peckham Experiment, linking especially to the now urgent need for community, economic and environmental well-being and sustainability. An introduction to the Peckham Experiment was followed by brief presentations from some local community initiatives demonstrating important links beteeen them and Peckham Principles. These included residents' information networks, social support networks, community energy production, participative art, and nutrition in schools. There was also a brief account of the nef project to establish in Peckham a New Peckham Experiment, to demonstrate the key factors and links between social and economic well-being and environmental sustainabilty. There were lively small group discussions for more than 50 enthusiastic participants looking at how the Peckham Principles relate to modern issues and life. It was agreed to bring the ideas at the seminar together with the work of the Town Centre Forum to see how they could be mutually supportive. The ideas continue to inspire a number of community projects in Peckham, especially those to revitalisie the town centre. Links with the Pioneer Health Foundation (PHF) continue to be nurtured. and led to the recent social event on 15th October 2011 in The Montpelier on Choumert Road, Peckham, to present the 2011 Mary Langman essay prize.
18th March 2010
Peckham Vision teamed up with the Peckham Society and the University of Canterbury Architecture School for a Town Centre Forum meeting. 45 second year architecture students joined in to hear about local aspirations for the town centre, the key urban design issues and the need for an integrated vision for the town centre in terms of archticture, innovation and energy potential. The students were about to start their project in urban design and architecture, using Peckham as their case study. [pictures] The meeting coincided with the news that the historic Holdron's building on the corner of Bournemouth Road and Rye Lane was soon to be demolished following an unsuccesful planning application. The owners had been invited to join in the discussions at the meeting but they declined to attend. However, representatives of the owners of the adjacent Copeland Industrial Park, and of the Council buildings stretching along Bournemouth Road, did attend. These will be useful contacts to build on for further discussions about the evolution of the Copeland Cultural Quarter. There were also some participants from the previous Forums and some new participants from some of the creative enterprises in the Copeland Industrial Park site.
24th February 2010
The Council Planning officers were not able to participate in this meeting as it was deemed not a priority by their Department. Their absence was regretted by those present because the whole point of the new Forum was to enable continuing discussion and deliberation which needed to include Council planning officers. However, the meeting was well attended by 27 participants and as full of life and energy as the first. The discussions included the connections and links between the nef project, to establish a New Peckham Experiment, and the initiatives of interest to all at the Town Centre Forum. The meeting process from the first Forum was used again, and the Open Space enabled many connections and sharing of ideas, and the Action Checklist was updated. There was unanimous commitment to continuing with the Forum. [pictures]
16th December 2009
This first meeting was held just six weeks after the idea arose at the Rye Lane and Station Action Group (RLSAG) October 2009 meeting. It was arranged in collaboration between Peckham Vision and the Council Planning officers for the PNAAP. This continued the momentum stimulated at the RLSAG meeting. There were 29 participants. The meeting heard the background, and some of the needs for revitalisation and indications of participants' interests. Then moved into Open Space where all present decided who they wanted to talk with. For the last half hour all came back together and reported on issues and actions. The key conclusions are detailed in the checklist (updated) for Discussion Questions, Actions and Ideas, under these headings:
1. Revitalising Commerce
- Landlords/property owners
- Improve shop fronts & displays
- Choumert Street Market
- Public Realm & Heritage
- Leisure/Evening/Night Economy/Creative enterprises
- Town Centre Management
- Town Centre Brand
- Local Economy
2. Other Factors
- Multiple / parallel communities
- Other ideas for Peckham generally